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Fox Hollow Farm hosts derby fundraiser for Humane Society

Saturday is Derby day and Fox Hollow Farm, guests are invited to watch the race, compete for prizes, dine and dance at a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Beaufort County.

Ticket holders are encouraged to come in the best their most impressive hats — a longstanding tradition borrowed from Kentucky Derby racegoers attending the race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We’ll have a prize for the best hat, and we’ll have a prize for the best dressed couple,” said Melissa Jarvis, an HSBC board member.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. hors d’oeuvres, dinner by Keyser Catering will be served at 5 p.m., with the race start at 6 p.m. on a big screen at the facility. Music for dancing will be provided when the Run for the Roses is over.

It’s a fun evening, but one that’s also for a very good cause, according to Jarvis.

“It’s a fundraiser, so any money that we get helps for the spay and neuter of the animals,” Jarvis said. “The spay and neuter (program) is important because it cuts down on the birth of animals. It promotes responsible ownership. There are so many animals that don’t have loving homes. When homes are not found for these animals, and they’re not wanted, then they have to be euthanized, which is what we’re trying to eliminate. It’s so important.”

Humane Society of Beaufort County offers a wide array of assistance for spaying and neutering, offsetting the cost of the procedure for animals adopted from the Betsy Bailey Animal Control Facility in Washington and clinics held at local veterinarian offices, as well as programs to help those struggling to afford the procedures for their pets.

“The shelter is a separate entity, but we both work together for the good of all Beaufort County animals to find homes,” Jarvis said.

Tickets to Saturday’s gala are $60 per person and all proceeds go to the spay/neuter program. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jarvis at 252-944-1149. Fox Hollow Farm is located at 2949 Corsica Road, Washington.